Culford School

Culford has clear values. We want our pupils to achieve their full potential, whatever their talents, and believe that providing an education which is challenging, enriching and fun will deliver well-rounded, fulfilled, future leaders with excellent academic results.

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    Culford School

    Culford School is blessed with a unique setting and superb facilities, enjoying 480 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland where pupils can learn, feel secure, explore and enjoy all that is on offer. Culford also has a vibrant boarding community and a recent ISI inspection rated Boarding and Pastoral Care as excellent. Day pupils fold easily into the community with daily bus routes and the options of part and occasional boarding or an extended day.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Methodist

    Roll: 460 Boys / / 420 Girls

    Age Range: 1 -18 Years

    Founded: 1881

    Location Description

    Set in 480 acres of beautiful and tranquil landscaped parkland.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mrs C Bentley

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs K M Tompkinson, Registrar

    Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6TX

    Tel: 01284 385308



    Culford is centred on the magnificent Culford Hall, an 18th century mansion formerly the seat of Marquis Cornwallis and Earl Cadogan. The Hall houses Culford’s music department and purpose-built Studio Theatre. Further facilities include a new £2.2m landmark library at the academic heart of the school. In September 2019, we opened a brand new art centre, a modern, dynamic space that can be used for lessons, exhibitions and events. More recent developments include: a state-of-the-art, 24-track recording studio; the installation of two dance studios which both include a high sprung Harlequin floor, the same used by professional dancers. There will also be a state-of-the-art Creative Technology Centre, due for completion in January 2022.


    Academic, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music, Rugby, Sport, Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Golf and Cricket scholarships and exhibition awards are available.

    Entrance Requirements

    Pre-Prep: Informal assessment.

    Prep & Senior School: Entrance examination and interview.

    For a copy of our prospectus, to arrange a visit or to book a place at an Open Morning, please call the Admissions Office on 01284 385308



    Nursery: please contact the school for details.

    Pre-Prep (Reception – Year 2): Day – £3,610 – £3,890 per term.

    Prep (Years 3-8): Day – £4,720 – £6.180 per term. Full Boarding – £9,195 – £9,880 per term.

    Occasional boarding: £66 per night.

    Senior School (Years 9-13): Day – £7,885 per term, Full Boarding £12,385 per term, International Boarding £13,240 per term.

    Occasional boarding: £71 per night.

    For prep international boarding fees and part boarding and extended day provisions, please contact the school for more details.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Come and visit our school and beautiful campus at our next Open Morning. We hope to bring you a morning which will showcase our school, give you an opportunity to meet teaching staff, see our facilities and gain a feel for life at Culford.

    Alternatively, please contact our Admissions team to book a personal visit.


    Please contact our Admissions Team on 01284 385308 or email for more information.

    But until then, why not visit our  Virtual Open Mornings where you can gain an insight into life at Culford and the wonderful opportunities that await your child.



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